Saturday Evening Post Covers on Display at the Booth Museum

HomePlateNorman-Rockwell-For those of us who grew up in the 40’s, 50’s, and early 60’s, there was no CNN, hourly news, or even tv’s — however, there was the  Saturday Evening Post, the weekly magazine filled with current event articles, editorials, human interest pieces, humor, illustrations, a letter column, poetry (with contributions submitted by readers), single-panel gag cartoons (including Hazel by Ted Key) and stories by the leading writers of the time. It was known for commissioning lavish illustrations and original works of fiction.

Booth Western Art Museum is proud to announce it has partnered with The Saturday Evening Post Society to showcase art from some of America’s foremost illustrators who contributed to the covers of the magazine in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Covering America: The Saturday Evening Post in the 1950’s and early 1960’s  run through September 29, 2013 inside the Museum’s Special Exhibition Gallery.

Featuring 30 original paintings alongside The Saturday Evening Post covers they graced, the exhibit showcases a magazine that captured the heart and soul of America. The art of Norman Rockwell, John Clymer, Stevan Dohanos, John Falter, George Hughes, Amos Sewell, Richard Sargent, Mead Schaeffer and Thornton Utz embodies everyday life in post-World War II America — a time of tremendous growth and change.  Returning veterans started families and moved them into newly developed suburbs.  Expanding highway systems allowed cross country travel in automobiles that were now affordable.  “Under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance and activities with the nuclear family became a way of life. They were living the American Dream and it was captured on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post featured in this exhibit.

Unique to the exhibit at Booth is the inclusion of several western paintings by W.H.D. Koerner and Harold von Schmidt that were featured inside the magazine. The Museum will also exhibit 18 western themed original Saturday Evening Post covers from the permanent collection.

For more information about Covering America: The Saturday Evening Post in the 1950′s and early 1960′s, call 770-387-1300.  The exhibit  is organized by The Saturday Evening Post Society and Sponsored by The Benefit Company.

The cover featured here is Norman Rockwell, Home Plate (Construction Crew), 1954, 28.5 x 26.5”, ©SEPS